Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Turkey would use its right to respond to terrorist threats including outside the country, reports Daily Sabah. According to him, it is about protecting the country from any terrorist groups, including the Kurdistan workers ‘ party and the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization).
“Nobody can limit Turkey’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks,” – said the head of state.
Erdogan’s statement has sounded after some days after the explosion in Ankara, which killed 28 people. Responsibility for the attack took upon himself the organization of the “freedom Hawks of Kurdistan”, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that already stopped any involvement in the attack of the PKK and operating in the territory of Syria “groups of national self-defense”.
Confrontation between official Ankara and the Kurdish separatists has escalated after the Syrian Kurds broke through the defense of supporters of Bashar al-Assad and came close to the Turkish border. The Turkish authorities accused the Kurds in the persecution of Turkish and Arab population in the Northern province of Aleppo. Deputy Prime Minister yalçın, Akdogan proposed the establishment of a security zone on the Syrian side of the border, and Turkish artillery started shelling the positions of the “groups of national self-defense” South of the border town of Azaz controlled by the rebels.
The Russian foreign Ministry the situation on the Syrian-Turkish border has been described as “absolute chaos”. Moscow tried to introduce a corresponding resolution in the UN security Council, however, was not supported by the USA and France.